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Flight of the Phoenix 

Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. The life of the family turns upside down when their mailman Pete dies.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lindsay Bluth Fünke (credit only)
Gob Bluth
George-Michael Bluth
Maeby Fünke
Buster Bluth
Tobias Fünke (credit only)
George Bluth Sr.
Lucille Bluth
Barry Zuckerkorn
Young Lucille Bluth
Young George Bluth
Sally Sitwell
Stan Sitwell
John Beard


Michael says goodbye to the family business and starts his own. The life of the family turns upside down when their mailman Pete dies.

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26 May 2013 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


During the college scenes where Michael, George Michael and Maeby are discussing the vote to kick someone out of the dorm room, Michael Cera is wearing the same shirt he wears in the majority of the film 'Superbad (2008)'. See more »


When Michael exits the Phoenix airport a bus can be seen in the background labeled "Bob Hope Airport" which is where the scene was actually shot, at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California. See more »


References Psycho (1960) See more »


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Not the same show.
12 June 2017 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I love arrested development and have seen the first three seasons multiple times. I've just finished the fourth season and must say that this isn't the same show. The main thing that's missing is the laughs. Apart from Tobias, the other characters seem to have lost their idiosyncrasies and quirks that made them so hilarious before. Some of the actors seem rather washed up and tired. Like they are not the same people. Portia particularly has lost the spark of her former character. Her acting and demeanour is totally different and she's almost unrecognisable as Lindsey. I'm also not a fan of the format; having all the individual character's stories told separately. Firstly, there's a lot of repetition and it gets boring. Secondly it just feels disjointed and disconnected when the show was previously about the interconnected lives of a family, whose interactions with each other made the show. Now each individual character has their own issues going on with other unfunny characters rather than all the original characters interacting with each other, which is what made it so funny before. Michael's deadpan reactions/facial expressions to Gob's, Buster's or Tobias's ridiculousness was hilarious. And now he's become the joke, rather than the responsible one dumbfounded by the stupidity of his family members. This side of Michael is just not as funny. More than anything, I miss that distinctive, indescribable, unmistakable humour in the show which was so different to anything else I'd seen. It's lost that and I find myself pretty bored watching the fourth season. It's a shame!

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